Episode 8: A Talk with Holly

Perhaps our greatest asset for helping others is our past, our stories of recovery, and in this episode Holly D. from Orlando, Florida shares her story with us. Like many of us, Holly’s drinking and life was out of control before she could even get it off the ground. While some recount what they lost through drinking, Holly was never able to make a start atf attaining those things. There was nothing to lose, materially anyway.

A life-long atheist, Holly didn’t have a problem with the “god talk” in AA. Things were so bad for her that if believing in God would help, then she was willing to believe, and she gave it a good try, but even her best efforts with religion couldn’t produce the faith in God that so many in the rooms say we must find. Finally, after a call to her local Intergroup, she learned about an agnostic AA group in Orlando, “Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks”, or OMAGOD, and this changed everything.

At OMAGOD, she met others who not only shared her experience as an alcoholic, but also had in common with her a secular worldview. Relieved that she found a home in Alcoholics Anonymous, she gained confidence to become comfortable at any AA meeting while remaining true to herself and her beliefs. Today, Holly continues to learn about herself as she works at emotional sobriety. She believes in making meetings and she’s a regular at OMAGOD online meeting at InTheRooms.com.

I’m glad to have had the opportunity to meet Holly and to hear her story, and I’m grateful for her willingness to share it with others through this podcast. I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I did participating in it.


About Holly

Holly D. currently resides outside of Orlando, Florida with her significant other Zack, and cherished rescue dog Carl. She has been sober since July 26, 2010 and her home group is Our Mostly Agnostic Group of Drunks aka OMAGOD in Orlando.

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  1. Steve K January 17, 2016 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Only just gotten around to listening to this podcast. What a great discussion. I too value the principles within the Steps in my life and as part of my relationship with AA. There are hardly any agnostic meetings in the UK, so i’ve had to learn to adapt to traditional meetings and in facing the challenges of doing so have grown in the process.

    I also get plenty of opportunity to help non-believers relate their secular beliefs to the program and realise that it is possible and ok to do so. This opportunity for service to others helps give my membership of AA meaning and purpose, as well as renewing my relationship with the principles of recovery.

    Thanks to both Holly and John.

  2. Joe C January 14, 2016 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    I could listen to one of these a day; but pace yourself, John.

    loved it, Holly!

  3. Bob K January 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this. A very articulate young woman, and a strong message of transformation. I’m in the camp that sees a lots of value in the steps to effect psychological change. My misery in early sobriety made it clear to me that quitting drinking, in and of itself, isn’t the answer.

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